The post in its original form (less detailed) was ready to go on Thursday/Friday morning. The lines of communication between staff were not as clear so it end up being pushed back for Monday. Then it had to be trimmed down, I know right, and edited. As it happened, female staff members expressed readiness to post so, a real gentleman that I am, I have decided to step aside for a moment.
While I can understand why some of you feel it to be “late to the party”, my calculation was that it will make up for a better analysis now that things had cooled off rather than conclusions drawn in the heat of the moment.
What I had attempted to do here is to
1. Prepare the reasoning for the future: The team is entering that time of the season. Stakes are high. The more “we” win the longer the list of individuals lining up to take a shot at The Club is going to be. Make no mistake about it.
“We” are scheduled to meet Madrid at the Bernabeu to “decide” the Champion and in Copa del Rey Final. To the usual repertoire of villarato and a supposedly favorable scheduling, like that time the team had travelled to Osasuna, they had already added the illegal substance use. Expect that to escalate and fans to get more courageous in their accusations.
The same goes for the upcoming CL draw and the bracket we are going to be placed in. They will look for excuses and try to diminish our success.
Arsenal had been taken here just as an example to illustrate why is it not very smart for staff and fans of other clubs, egged on by the media, to be running their mouths so much. It should, I hope, encourage few people to think first before posting nonsense or picking a fight with someone way out of their league.
2. (more important) To introduce common sense when evaluating EPL. I have never said the league sucks. What I said is that everybody will be better off if EPL supporters start focusing on important facts and adjust the level of noise accordingly. The quality of EPL doesn’t warrant amount of credit it receives.
3. Clarify club’s stature: It seemed to me there was some confusion about it in the past few weeks. I just wanted to make sure all of us fans understand who is who in today’s football.
The problem with publishing stuff online is that readers can assign the tone they wish. I accepted this and do allow it. What I can do is make sure the post doesn’t contain foul language, name calling or false accusations. Some suggested I start using the smiley face, lol, jk etc.
Like the case is often in life some people will always see what they want to see.
If I am to stop every time and explain things (ex. that Cesc is undoubtedly a high quality player just that Xavi and Iniesta are better), the post would easily double in size.
There is not a single reason for me to feel bitter or angry about Arsenal. They leave me with nothing to be jealous about. On the contrary. When I conducted my pre-game analaysis, the odds were overvelmingly in Barca’s favor. My heart didn’t beat much faster than during a regular La Liga match. I had placed the bet and collected the proceedings.
The “Child please” post is not trying to stick it to Arsenal. Barcelona won in a superior manner. Other than being a little bit more harsh responding to some of the arguments made by Arsenal fans, the ones that took time and effort to register and post their opinion three weeks ago, the rest is simply stating the obvious. I prefectly understand that not all Arsenal fans share the same view.
This is an opinion. The idea is to inspire discussion and have other side chime in with reasonable points and view on things. Together we arrive at the conclusion. The positive development is that we got more quality feedback from the other side this time around.
We had learned there are EPL fans residing in England who find the amount of hype to be too great and the reader JohnnyWins aknowledging: “To risk the wrath of other Arsenal fans we are not a big club. We are trying to become one and if the book balance and we have a little luck we may become one yet.” A welcome approach.
You are welcome. That picture is what I had based the whole post around 🙂
@Extreme barca fan
I simply got bored with the old one. It has no special meaning neither is an inside joke.
Not really familiar with Mr. Balague. Seems like a resonable fellow.
Thank you for your contribution.
Not at one point have I heard from Wenger or players that they had been mentally unprepared, displayed inferior ball handling skills or throurghly outplayed. All I had heard from them is how “great” the referee was over and over again. I trust you that there are some fans with more reason in them. You’ll forgive me for paying more attention to players, coaches and professional journalists.
Not to nitpick, but the line reads: “two extraordinary events AND a penalty shootout”.
@ooga aga, mega_tajh
Thanks for the support and the displayed reasoning.